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Mississippi Staycation: 7 Fun Things to Do While Staying Close to Home

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Monument to soldiers from Texas who participated in the siege in Vicksburg National Military Park in Vicksburg, Mississippi. (Karenfoleyphotography/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Monday, 23 Feb 2015 11:32 PM

Mississippi offers memories and great history along with adventure and entertainment for a fun family vacation or staycation. Beautiful scenery accompanies your trip throughout the state.

Here are seven great places to visit when in Mississippi:

1. The Vicksburg National Military Park features historic monuments, artillery and outdoor exhibits about one of the key sites and events of the Civil War. The visitor center offers a documentary on the park and its history, so visitors can better plan their tour of the area with a better historical perspective.

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2. The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science in Jackson includes exhibits and collections on Mississippi's landscape and inhabitants. The museum includes an aquarium with more than 200 species, a greenhouse and displays of scientific collections from animal and plant life. The grounds include an open amphitheater and more than two miles of nature trails.

3. Hattiesburg is conveniently located in an area of Mississippi that has earned it the nickname, "Hub City." It has a variety of attractions at different districts that focus on African American heritage and historic districts that feature buildings dating back to the 1880s. The pleasant environment offers a look at the diversity of Mississippi.

4. Enjoy the various views, events and historic sites with a drive along the Natchez Trace Parkway, which offers wonderful scenery along its 444 miles. This is the place where Native Americans, explorers and settlers etched out a huge part of American History. Visitors can now enjoy camping, biking, hiking along trails and horseback riding within the area. Park rangers from the National Park Service offer tours and programs on the natural surroundings. Just driving along the stretch is enjoyable and educational.

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5. For sheer family fun there's Gulf Islands Waterpark where you can ride the unique and exciting Master Blaster, a water roller coaster with amazing twists and turns. Located in Gulf Port, the amusement park also includes the Riptide Racer, where you can plunge into the water headfirst to race others, and the Camille Cutter, a rafting adventure for anyone on a staycation. Enjoy celebrities who stop by, shows and restaurants to satisfy all appetites.

6. Get close to the King of Rock 'n' Roll with a trip to Elvis Presley's birthplace in Tupelo. Elvis spent his earliest years at this home which still stands today. The City of Tupelo bought the house in 1957 and the state later designated it as a historic landmark.The Elvis Presley Birthplace has been named as a historic landmark by the State of Mississippi. The house features furniture decorated to fit the time period. Tours through the home and property feature markers to reflect the events in Elvis' first 13 years.

7. Biloxi has remained an entertainment center for visitors and Mississippi residents. Casinos, golf courses and live shows complement the city's historic areas, which include the home of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy. The beaches and fishing also offer a great time for family vacation or staycation.

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